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Paper: Research Abstract

Preparing Health Sciences Students for Real-World Information Gathering Using Teams, Cases, and Critical Pedagogy

Sunday, May 5
2:20 PM - 2:35 PM
Room: Columbus EF (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Objectives : Teaching in health sciences is moving to Team-Based and Case-Based Learning (TBL, CBL), focusing on health inequalities and disparities to better mirror real world conditions. Will TBL and CBL, using cases based on healthcare disparities, enhance learning in one-shot curriculum-based information literacy sessions in the health sciences and improve student literature review skills?

Methods : Classes are assigned to TBL/CBL or lecture classes, based on course instructor preference, the resources the instructor wants covered, room availability, and class size. The librarian reviewed cases for information needs and developed mini-cases for class use. After a review of search methods, teams were asked to find peer-reviewed, and in some classes grey literature, to help with their case. Teams then presented their search strategies and results to the whole class. Surveys will be sent out 3 or 4 weeks after each class, but within the semester, to see how well students met class objectives and how well they feel they completed the information collection part of their assignment. TBL/CBL class responses will be compared to lecture-based class responses about the usefulness of the class, as well as retention of search methods.

Results : Preliminary results show that students who participate in a TBL/CBL class feel better prepared to conduct a literature review than those in a regular lecture class.

Conclusions :
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Margaret Henderson, AHIP

Health Sciences Librarian
San Diego State University Library
Ramona, California

Margaret Henderson is Health Sciences Librarian, and part of the research data management team (RDM), at San Diego State University. She is the author of Data Management: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). She is a teacher, mentor, and content creator for the Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. She was the RDM director at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, and has had over 30 years experience as a biomedical librarian. She has given lectures and written papers about data and biomedical sciences librarianship and the future of the field.

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